INTEGRATED SYSTEM POLICY
The primary vision of Fatra is to prevail over stiff competition from domestic and foreign firms also undertaking the processing of plastics.
The company is obliged to fulfil such a vision by reaching and maintaining a high standard in its products and services, as well as environmental measures and health and safety at work practices. Fatra places emphasis on preventing accidents and decreasing risk to nearby inhabitants and the assets of the company.
The following items constitute the framework of aims of the firm’s integrated system:
- To increase customer satisfaction by supplying quality products delivered in time, where it is simultaneously necessary to ensure minimal environment burden.
- To fulfil the requirements of legal and other regulations in the framework of individual fields of an integrated system.
- To prevent pollution of the environment, to enforce suitable preventive procedures concerning environment protection and the health of employees, and to reduce the risk of emergencies.
- To conduct regular evaluation of risks in the field of quality, EMS, health and safety at work, emergency readiness and to take adequate means due to continual improvement of all processes within the integrated system.
- To inform employees and the public about the influence of its activities on the health and environment.
- To further the qualifications and awareness of employees in all fields of the integrated system.
- To facilitate and maintain hygienic conditions for production of products enforced thus by the hygiene/medical sectors or determined for food contact.
Ing. Pavel Čechmánek, Managing Director of Fatra, a.s.
Fatra’s quality management system is certified according to ČSN EN ISO 9001: 2016, and their environmental management system according to ČSN EN ISO 14001: 2016. The scope of certification covers: designing and producing plastic foils, waterproofing membranes, plastic floor coverings, printed sheets, welded products, injection moulding and plastic thermoformed products; as well as breathable films and laminates, PVC granulates, extruded plastic profiles, biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate films and multi-layer films.
Technologies are becoming more environmentally friendly, so we have been making endeavours to seek out new materials and innovative ways of utilizing plastics as part of a developing strategy.
We have invested over 160 million CZK into direct protection of the environment in the past ten years. Emission of volatile organic substances has decreased by 90% in comparison with the beginning of the 1990s. Additionally, water and all forms of energy consumption have diminished due to implementing the latest technologies and optimizing production. The indexes of environmental burden show a decreasing trend with regard to the production volume.
PRODUCTS FOR ECOLOGY
These include membranes intended for lining repositories for waste, oil and other substances in landfill facilities, which hinder leakage of polluting substances into ground water.
Likewise, all suitable applications for plastics that protect the environment and reduce consumption of natural materials are considered ecological.
RESPONSIBLE CARE IN THE CHEMISTRY INDUSTRY
Fatra has been operating in compliance with principles of the ‘Responsible Care’ programme since 1994. On 13/05/2011, the company made a commitment to said programme, which it adheres to as a member of the Association of Chemical Industry of the Czech Republic, to ensure a high level of protection for the health and safety of its employees, the general public and natural environment when conducting its activities. Fatra received the approval of the Association in 2011 to use the Responsible Care logo for the period of two years, followed by another two-year period in 2013 and four-year period in 2015. With respect to the fact that the company continuously meets the requirements of this programme, it requested the Association in 2019 for the approval to use the logo, which was granted till October 2023.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AWARD
In 2014, Fatra, a.s. won the prestigious “Sustainable Development Award”.
This award is granted by the Board of the Association of Chemical Industry of the Czech Republic to its member organizations that have played an important role in developing the chemical industry and contributing through their activities to protection of the environment and health and safety at work practices, in addition to providing outstanding services in regional development and meeting the criteria of the Responsible Care programme over a long-term basis.
Fatra is one of the top ten chemical companies in the country to have been conferred with this award.
Health and safety at work is an important part of corporate policy at Fatra. In 2009, the company was awarded certification for being a ‘Safe Enterprise’. Since it is issued for three years, we have been recertified with the same status twice more since then. Meeting the conditions of the Safe Enterprise programme contributes to a heightened culture of work-related safety at Fatra and mandates an acceptable level of work injuries.
Fatra is contributing partner of VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development by the European PVC industry. VinylPlus is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry. The programme establishes a long-term framework for the sustainable development of the industry by tackling a number of critical challenges, in the EU-28, Norway and Switzerland.
The VinylPlus programme was developed bottom-up in industry workshops and through an open dialogue with all stakeholders, including NGOs, regulators, public representatives and users of PVC. Each of the five key challenges is based on The Natural Step System Conditions for a Sustainable Society. PVC is made from salt, oil and natural gas and is one of the most widely used plastics in the world.
- CSR Fatra 2019